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During this challenging time, US Squash is committed to supporting players across the country by sharing relevant information from the Federal and State governments. Please continue to refer to and follow their guidance.

US Squash will continue to provide you with more information and resources throughout this crisis as they become available. In the meantime, if there is anything you feel that US Squash can provide that would be helpful to you, please let us know here.

August 5, 2020

  • Adjust mask wearing requirement to recommend that players on court wear masks.
  • Protocol added for player returning to court after infection.

 

Player Reopening Guidelines

Playing Squash Safely

COVID-19 – PLAYER GUIDELINES

US Squash recognizes that COVID-19 has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. The reopening process therefore is likely to be gradual and on a state by state or even county by county basis.  Individual clubs may be opened on different timelines based on the progression of the situation in each club’s community. This document outlines what players can expect on resumption of play at their club. However, they should make sure to read and adhere to individual club guidelines where they exist.

For all people, the advice remains that anyone who feels unwell should stay at home. All vulnerable individuals are advised to continue to shelter in place. Vulnerable individuals are defined as elderly individuals or anyone with underlying health conditions, including but not limited to, high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma or other autoimmune disorders, and those whose immune system is compromised by chemotherapy or immunotherapy. Furthermore, those persons who live with a vulnerable individual should be equally cautious to prevent introducing an illness into the home inadvertently.

While every precaution may be taken by clubs to ensure the health and safety of their players, it should also be clear that any person entering the squash court area does so at their own risk.

The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, US Squash makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about the return to squash play at your club.

 

BEFORE YOU PLAY

  • Be sure that your county, state and/or region allows squash play.
  • The US Squash Medical Advisory Committee highly recommends competitive players ease their way back into play prior to competition. Given the layoff from competing, players will be more susceptible to under-training, over-use and other injuries.
  • Do not play if you:
    1. Are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC.
    2. Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    3. Are vulnerable or at risk.
  • Expect to book a court by email or online.
  • Your preferred facility should communicate with you their planned protocols.
  • Expect to have your temperature read using a Non-contact infrared thermometer.
  • Expect that your club may consider restricting entry to conform to social distancing requirements.
  • Clubs may require you to sign a waiver each time you enter the facility.
  • Expect to wear a facemask at all times, off court.
  • Players are recommended to wear masks on court

The CDC cautions that people engaged in high intensity activities may not be able to wear a mask if it causes difficulty breathing. If unable to tolerate a mask people may not be able to return to play safely at this time. If you exhibit any unusual symptoms such as feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or developing shortness of breath you should stop immediately. Any player with an underlying cardiac or respiratory condition should discuss returning to play with their primary care provider. Any player who has anyone in the home with underlying health problems is cautioned against playing at this time.

 

PREPARING TO PLAY

  • Respect the limitation of the type of squash activities that may be permitted.
  • Allow time for staff to sanitize courts after previous use before entering the court.
  • Place your bag in the designated area and keep items in the bag.
  • Exercise caution with squash balls. While there is no direct evidence that COVID-19 can survive on a squash ball, it may survive on some surfaces for up to three days.
  • Bring your own squash balls. Remove with a racquet any squash balls that may have been left on court.
  • Avoid touching your face and eyes during the session. If glasses need to be cleaned, then bring a clean towel.
  • Protect against infections and wash your hands frequently on entry and exit from the court.
  • Respect the club policies regarding masks or shields on court.
  • Bring your own towel and water bottle.
  • Avoid touching court doors, walls, etc. if you can. If you do, make sure to disinfect the area you touched immediately.

 

WHEN PLAYING

  • Expect to only be allowed to solo practice or play with people from you own household.
  • Practice with a ball machine may be allowed. Ball machine use and guidelines must be followed as instructed by Club Management.
  • Bring your own ball and leave with it.
  • Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment. Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Players are recommended to wear masks on court
  • Remain apart from other players when taking a break.

 

AFTER PLAYING

  • Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Do not linger outside the court before or after a match or practice session.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
  • Do not use the locker room or changing area. Shower at home.
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing.
  • All players should leave the facility immediately after play.
  • On arrival at home immediately put your athletic clothes into the wash and take a shower.

 

 WHEN CAN AN INFECTED PERSON COME BACK TO PLAY?

Based on the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Council,  the current recommendation is that players who are diagnosed and/or treated for COVID should remain asymptomatic (no symptoms, no fevers) for 2 weeks before returning to play and undergo a physical examination by their primary care provider to assess for cardiac conditions such as myositis.

 

Pro Shop/Equipment

  • Do not expect demo rackets or used squash balls to be available.
  • Do not expect to be allowed in the pro shop area.

 

For a printed copy of these guidelines please click here

Single Player Skills Challenges and Practice options

Solo practice is an important part of the game of squash allowing players time to concentrate refining their technique and perfecting their control. The list below represents some options that players can use to challenge themselves when on court without a partner.

  • Warm Up Options – for pdf click here
  • Mobility Exercises – for pdf click here
  • Solo Practice Session – for pdf click here
  • Ghosting Segments – for pdf click here
  • Solo Skills Challenges – for pdf click here

And don’t forget you can analyse a match you may have played using this match analysis sheet. Review a video and mark where you win or lose points and that may lead you to an area of your game you may need to develop in order to improve.

  • Match Analysis – for pdf click here

 

During this challenging time, US Squash is committed to supporting clubs and pros across the country and continuing to share relevant information from the Federal and State governments. Please continue to refer to and follow their guidance for employers and businesses.

More details are given below, and we will continue to provide you with more information and resources throughout this crisis as they become available. In the meantime, if there is anything you feel that US Squash can provide that would be helpful to you, please let us know here.

July 20, 2020

  • Added ventilation recommendations

August 3, 2020

  • Adjusted mask wearing requirement to recommend players on court wear masks
  • Added recommended processes for managing an infection and a returning player

 

Facility Guidelines

This document gives US Squash’s recommendations regarding how Squash clubs (singles and doubles), once reopened, can progress their play from the Phase 1 recommendations through to full club play.

These recommendations should be used to guide decisions regarding the opening of courts and progression of play and can only be used after local, or state governments have authorized squash clubs to open.

The reopening process is likely to be gradual and on a state by state basis. Each state may have additional requirements which clubs should also make sure to follow. Therefore, the opening of individual clubs, and the progression to full club play may be on different timelines based on the situation in each club’s community.

For all people, the advice remains that anyone who feels unwell should stay at home. All vulnerable individuals are advised to continue to shelter in place. Vulnerable individuals are defined as elderly individuals or anyone with underlying health conditions, including but not limited to, high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma or other autoimmune disorders, and those whose immune system is compromised by chemotherapy or immunotherapy. Furthermore, those persons who live with a vulnerable individual should be equally cautious to prevent introducing an illness into the home inadvertently.

While every precaution should be taken to ensure the health and safety of players, it should also be clear that any person entering the squash court area does so at their own risk.

By following these guidelines as well as those of local governments and health agencies, facilities and players should be able to make informed decisions as to when and how play can progress in their facility.

The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, US Squash makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about the return to squash play at your club.

 

Club Play Roadmap

 The road to club play is likely to be a phased process starting from solo play to gradually increasing the circle of trusted players until full club play is reached. At this time clubs will probably limit play to members only, although this will likely be a local decision.

 

How and when the decision to progress through the phases will be made will be a local decision and will likely depend on the tolerance of the members and the health of the players.

 

Phase 1:         Minimize contact with other players at the club

Players:            Solo practice, same household
Coaches:          Technique lessons, one person per ct clinics -targets/challenges, Evaluation packages, video analysis
Org Play:          Create club leaderboards for skill challenges, fitness competitions, goal setting

 

Phase 2:         2 Trusted households, limit time in club i.e. arrive-play-leave

Players:            Two per court, match play, Doubles with household
Coaches:          Private lessons, clinics with 2 players per ct, same household, coaches and players grouped together, no cross over
Org Play:          Limited, clinics

 

Phase 3:         Extend to trusted groups, limit time in club i.e. arrive-play-leave

Players:            Singles and doubles within trusted groups
Coaches:          Group lessons (2 per court), member clinics, limited camps
Org Play:          Limited, clinics, Box leagues, ladders, self-scheduled tournaments coaches and players grouped together, no cross over

 

Phase 4:        Full Club play (reduced occupancy in club)

Players:            Full member play
Coaches:          Group lessons, member clinics, camps
Org Play:          Add In club leagues, Round Robins, Fun tournaments.

 

 Facility

  • Club owners should check liability insurance to understand their situation with respect to communicable diseases.
  • All staff working within the squash area should be aware of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Local, State, and Federal guidelines for social distancing for reopening all facilities and these should be checked daily as they may change.
  • Any Standard Operating Procedures should be updated with respect to COVID-19. Staff should be made aware of how different situations should be managed and they should be aware of the role they take within the squash area to ensure player/member compliance.
  • All staff should be screened for temperature every day. They should wear facemasks at all times.
  • A member of staff should be appointed as the COVID-19 point of contact to address member/player concerns.
  • Members should be notified of any actions taken regarding COVID-19 within the squash area.
  • Signage regarding required member/player protocol expectations should be posted around the facility

 

Ventilation

  • Facilities are recommended to check their HVAC system and ensure that filters are to MERV 13 standard or better.
  • Air flow and exchange is proven to be very important to disperse viral load in an area. Facilities should therefore check the air exchange. HVAC should be on 24 hours and air from outside should be pumped through the system.
  • If necessary portable HEPA filters (or similar) should be used to increase filtration and improve air flow.
  • Air exchange rate should be 2 to 6 depending on the size of the room. The smaller the room the higher the rate.
  • Windows and doors should also remain open where possible to help air flow.
  • Please refer to the following for more detailed information.
  • https://www.ashrae.org/file%20library/about/position%20documents/pd_infectiousaerosols_2020.pdf

 

Entry/Occupancy

  • Currently, there are no testing requirements issued by the Federal Government. However, clubs should make sure they adhere to any State or local guidelines if there are any.
  • People who enter the buildings should have their temperature read using a Non-contact infrared thermometer. Anyone reading 100.5o or higher should not be permitted into facility.
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  • To conform to social distancing requirements clubs should consider restricting entry. Members and players only should be allowed on to the courts. No extra guests or other family members should be admitted.
  • Every person in the facility should always wear a facemask off court.
  • Players on court are recommended to wear facemasks.
  • Facilities should make sure they adhere to any local guidelines regarding the maximum number of people allowed to gather at any time.
  • A daily log should be maintained by a designated staff member that lists all players/staff that attended the facility at what time to help with potential contact tracing.
  • Clubs should consider increasing court intervals to allow players to finish and leave the area before the next set of players arrive and to allow for a 15-minute court cleaning interval after each court booking.
  • Players should not linger outside the court before or after a match or practice session.
  • Furniture should be removed from lounge areas to discourage individuals from lounging in the facility.
  • Water Coolers and cups/cup holders should be removed from the facility.
  • Players should not shower at the facility. They should come prepared to play and then leave. On arrival at home they should immediately put their athletic clothes in to wash and take their shower. Bathrooms however should remain available for handwashing before and after play and toilet access with concomitant handwashing.
  • Clubs should consider erecting a plastic or perspex screen at the reception desk or pro shop to protect administrative staff if applicable.

 

Sanitization

  • Hand sanitizer should be available behind each court.
  • Players should sanitize their hands on entry to the squash area and after they play.
  • Every person in the facility should wear a facemask at all times. (Except for players on court) All staff should also wear gloves.
  • Back glass, side walls, doorknobs, flat surfaces, permanent fixtures including water fountains, reception desks etc. should be cleaned with EPA-registered disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 between sessions by designated staff.
  • A touch point audit should be created to log when the last cleaning took place.
  • Towels should not be made available. Players should bring their own if necessary.
  • Cleaning staff should always wear gloves and facemasks.

 

Types of Play

Throughout the transition to Full Club play the following protocols should be observed

  • All court reservations should be made by email or online. No in-person bookings should be allowed.
  • An area for players bags should be designated and all players should keep all their items in their bags. This area should be sanitized between sessions by a designated staff member.
  • Practice with a ball machine is allowed.
  • Players working out individually should bring their own ball and leave with it.
  • Players should bring extra shirts if they tend to perspire during squash play and should change shirts periodically during a hitting session to avoid excess perspiration on the court
  • Players should avoid touching their face and eyes during the session. If glasses need to be cleaned, then a clean towel brought by the player should be used and kept off court to wipe them off.
  • Players are recommended to wear a facemask on court.

The CDC cautions that people engaged in high intensity activities may not be able to wear a mask if it causes difficulty breathing. If unable to tolerate a mask people may not be able to return to play safely at this time. If you exhibit any unusual symptoms such as feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or developing shortness of breath you should stop immediately. Any player with an underlying cardiac or respiratory condition should discuss returning to play with their primary care provider. Any player who has anyone in the home with underlying health problems is cautioned against playing at this time.

 

Pro Shop/Equipment

  • No demo rackets or used squash balls should be made available.
  • No person should be allowed in the pro shop area to prevent them from touching any items.
  • Any pro shop items should be removed from the squash area and remain in a designated pro shop area.

 

Process for cases of infection

The recommended course of action in the case of an infection is based on CDC guidelines and current best available data whilst adhering to local health guidelines is:

  1. Facility should close and local or state health officials should be notified
  2. Facility should be deep cleaned
  3. Any staff, players, coaches etc. who had direct contact with the infected player should be notified in order to quarantine
  4. Any direct contacts who remain without symptoms 14 days after contact may return to play.
  5. Any direct contacts who develop symptoms should notify their primary care doctor and should be tested.
  6. Facilities should follow local health guidelines regarding re-opening

 

When can an infected person come back to play?

Based on the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Council,  the current recommendation is that players who are diagnosed and/or treated for COVID should remain asymptomatic (no symptoms, no fevers) for 2 weeks before returning to play and undergo a physical examination by their primary care provider to assess for cardiac conditions such as myositis.

 

For a pdf of the full document please click here

Facility Case Study – Atlanta Community Squash

Atlanta Community Squash have shared how they have set up their facility to adhere to the social distancing and sanitisation requirements. The information includes photos so you can see how this has been achieved.

Facility Set up – please click here for a pdf

Facility Waivers and Signs – please click here for a word document

Liability Information

LIABILITY RISKS – Courtesy of The Aspen Insitiute – Project Play

For sample liability waivers please click here

Steven Bank, UCLA School of Law: “This is a global pandemic, but it is a regional or local decision about return to play. Community norms are an issue. What might work at some places might not work at others, and I don’t just mean because of regional spread (of the virus). I also mean because of the physical conditions of your facility and the physical condition of people coming to your facility. That doesn’t mean you can practice what I call legal herd immunity. If everybody is just opening up and not exercising any caution, that does not mean you’re free of risk. It means you’ve increased your risk.”

 

Bank: “The closest examples we have of (legal precedent) in liability issues involving infections happened with the spread of MRSA at facilities. In those cases, courts were most likely to impose a duty of liability when the facility owners or the sponsor of the activity knew or should have known there was an infection. If we translate it to COVID-19, you need to have protocols in place and you need to be particularly concerned about people who come in with any known conditions and who have issues that start when they’re at your facility.”

Bank: “The biggest thing you need to show that you have exercised reasonable care is you have developed enforced protocol. Some of the protocols in some national sports organizations imply that players need to be the ones to sanitize or have social distancing among 8-year-olds. That’s going to be really difficult to enforce. If that’s what you’re relying on for reasonable care, you’re probably not going to meet the standard.”

Bank: “Most (youth sports organization) waivers are probably ineffective. They’re combined with the registration forms as general liability as part of a registration process for your sport. They probably need to be separated and you probably need to have separate information that informs people of the risks and specifically goes through the kinds of things they are waiving. If you think about comparisons, it’s like concussion sheets. When we have concussion waivers, there are large fact sheets you need to get people to acknowledge.”

For slides click here

Ventilation Recommendations

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through the air is sufficiently likely that airborne exposure to the virus should be controlled. This can be done through modification heating, ventilation and HVAC operations. Evidence suggests that indoor air that has no movement is the most hazardous.

The following modifications to building HVAC system operation should therefore be considered:

  • Increase outdoor air ventilation (disable demand-controlled ventilation and open out- door air dampers to 100% as indoor and outdoor conditions permit).
  • If the facility has windows that open, open all of them as much as possible.
  • Improve central air and other HVAC filtration to MERV-13 (ASHRAE 2017b) or the highest level achievable.
  • Keep systems running longer hours (24/7 if possible).
  • Add portable room air cleaners with HEPA or high-MERV filters with due consideration to the clean air delivery rate (AHAM 2015).
  • Add duct- or air-handling-unit-mounted, upper room, and/or portable UVGI devices in connection to in-room fans in high-density spaces such as waiting rooms, prisons, and shelters.
  • Maintain temperature and humidity as applicable to the infectious aerosol of concern. (40%-60% humidity recommended)
  • Bypass energy recovery ventilation systems that leak potentially contaminated exhaust air back into the outdoor air supply.
  • Design and build inherent capabilities to respond to emerging threats and plan and practice for them. (Evidence Level B)

More detailed information can be found here.

Cleaning Recommendations

For recommendations regarding cleaning materials to use at your facility please take a look at those posted by Life Fitness by clicking here.

Electrostatic Spraying

Electrostatic disinfecting is a way of quickly and evenly coating a surface with a disinfecting solution. This is done by using an electrostatic applicator that gives a negative charge to the disinfecting solution as it exits the nozzle.

The kill time from electrostatic spraying is about two minutes for bacteria and under two minutes for viruses. Best of all, no wiping is required with electrostatic spraying as it is with other procedures, and it’s safe for all surfaces including electronic equipment.

Electrostatic spray technology can be tailored to meet facilities’ needs. Some facilities choose to use electrostatic sprayers as a substitute for manual cleaning and disinfecting methods like wipes and trigger sprays, while others use the technology as an additional step to augment standard cleaning and ensure comprehensive surface coverage.

What sprayer system styles are available?

There are several electrostatic sprayer options currently on the market so you can find one best suited for your facilities’ individual needs. Be sure to evaluate them for reliability, safety, and ease of use before purchasing.

Sprayer systems are available in several designs, such as rolling cart systems, handheld sprayers, and backpack sprayers. Handheld and backpack models offer operators flexibility but can be heavy when filled with liquid. Some sprayers use battery power to impart a charge on liquids, while others use a cord to draw power from a standard outlet plug. Although cords can pose an additional challenge, they provide consistent power and droplet charging, which results in better system performance. Batteries simply aren’t powerful enough to generate a consistent, reliable charge to deliver the electrostatic performance needed to cover surfaces completely and evenly every time you spray.

Corded systems have other inherent benefits that provide superior performance. For example, electrostatic sprayers using outlet power include an air compressor, which reduces blowback by pushing sanitizer or disinfectant liquid toward environmental surfaces and away from the operator. Battery-powered sprayers cannot contain an air compressor and more closely resemble trigger sprayers in terms of coverage and surface wrap.Whichever sprayer you choose, electrostatic technology can help you cover more surfaces in less time, saving your facility money while providing the surface disinfection you need to prevent the spread of illness-causing pathogens.

There are a variety of electrostatic sprayers available at different costs – you can find them on Amazon or just google electrostatic sprayer.

 

 

Livestream Options

Livestream Options

Platform

For all the recommendations below, YouTube is recommended. YouTube live streams are free and viewable from virtually all devices. Live streams are automatically recorded and saved in high definition with virtually unlimited capacity. Streams can be both unlisted or private depending on what’s best for you and your students. To get started on any of the solutions below, a YouTube channel will need to be set up for streaming. Instructions can be found here.

 

Stream Using a Laptop

This is probably the easiest way to get going. A laptop with a web cam, a broadband ethernet connection, and a YouTube account are required. Log into YouTube and select Go Live   from the top right of the page. Full instructions can be found here.

 

To make the session private, there are two options in the privacy settings that can be used. The first and recommended option is “Unlisted.” This setting hides the video from anyone who doesn’t have the link. The link can be emailed or texted ahead of time to customers. This same link will host the recording of the session. The other option is “Private.” While more secure, this option requires person watching to be logged into their own YouTube account and access needs to be established ahead of time. To improve this setup, add a microphone and/or a higher quality external webcam. There are many webcam options available for purchase online that capture video at higher resolutions and frame rates, but be warned, quarantine demand has created a backorder of many webcam models right now.

 

Stream Using a Mevo Plus

This is a slightly more expensive solution, but very elegant and easy to use. Check out the Mevo here. A Mevo is a high-quality camera that can be fitted to standard tripods or suction cup mounts. There are two versions that can be purchased. The Mevo Plus is recommended. It has a few more options and a lens that can do a 150-degree wide angle. This wide angle might be crucial depending on how much room there is behind the court. Full instructions on how to set up the  Mevo can be found here. Much of the setup can be done using their smartphone app. Again, YouTube is recommended as the platform for this device.

 

Stream Using a Mobile Device/Tablet

Unfortunately, YouTube’s mobile app requires a verified channel with at least 1,000 subscribers to go live using their own mobile app. If there is no channel that clears that hurdle, an app called StreamLabs is recommended instead. Set up the device like a camera; using a tripod or a suction cup/clamp mount to position it behind the court. There are many mounting options online. Create “live events” for all the day’s lessons/clinics in the YouTube account on the computer and send out the links to customers at the start of the day. Set up the tablet on a tripod, connect to the appropriate event using the StreamLabs app, then start each event by clicking the Go Live button on the computer. If this is too many steps we recommend Twitter’s Periscope app. Full info on getting started with Periscope can be found here.

 

Other Options

Video calls using zoom or google hangouts can be a good option as well. Unlike video streaming, these options allow real-time enable interaction with the customer watching. Your computer, webcam, or mobile device can be positioned as described above. Zoom will allow recording locally to a computer or to the cloud if their paid service is used. One major drawback to these services is low video quality compared to the streaming options.

 

To print a pdf of the livestream options please click here

CARES Act

CARES ACT

We appreciate the challenges that clubs are currently facing. While serving to protect Americans’ health, the Stay at Home directives have had a major effect on many small businesses, including squash facility owners and coaches. Many companies have needed to lay off or furlough workers. To alleviate the economic impact of the coronavirus on both individuals and businesses, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27. The legislation provides economic assistance to small businesses, including:

• The Paycheck Protection Program which aims to protect payroll until June 30.
• The expanded U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program – The goal of the expansion is to offer financial support to more businesses experiencing reduced revenue due to the pandemic.
• Updated business tax provisions

For individuals, there is direct cash available through the CARES Act—most individuals earning less than $75,000 a year can receive a one-time payment of $1,200 and families may be eligible for an additional $500 per child. These payments are based on either your 2018 or 2019 tax filings. As income increases, the amount of compensation an individual may be eligible for decreases, and disappears completely for individuals making more than $99,000 and couples making more than $198,000.

The CARES Act also makes changes to unemployment benefits, increasing the assistance and broadening eligibility. States will still pay unemployment benefits to those who qualify. The amount varies by state, as does the amount of time people are allowed to claim it. However, the bill will add $600 per week from the federal government on top of the base amount a worker receives from the state. This additional provision will be available until July 31.

Importantly, particularly for many in the squash business, the CARES Act creates a new, temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through the end of this year specifically for self-employed individuals, freelancers and contractors who are typically unable to apply for unemployment.

For small businesses, the main features of the CARES Act are emergency grants and forgivable loans for companies with 500 or fewer employees. The bill provides $10 billion for emergency grants of up to $10,000, to provide funds for small businesses so they can cover immediate operating costs.

The $350 billion allocated for forgivable loans are issued through the Small Business Association and can provide loans of up to $10 million per business. Provided that workers stay employed through the month of June, portions of that loan are used to maintain payroll, keep workers on the books, pay for rent or mortgage, or existing debt may be forgiven.

There are many other features to the CARES Act, and we encourage you to go online to check out what benefits might be available for you and your business and to apply. Useful documents include The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act and the Coronavirus: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources.

Ensure that you look at all the assistance options that may be available—federal, state and local—to help you and your business through this unprecedented time.

Visa and Immigration Issues

Visa and Immigration Issues

We appreciate that squash coaches are largely self-employed, and many hold a U.S. visa. We recommend that any coach that has employment or visa related issues contact Adam Hamill at US Squash at adam.hamill@ussquash.com

Direct Support From Membership

DIRECT SUPPORT FROM MEMBERSHIP

With many squash pros either furloughed or out of work, and unable to benefit from the CARES act or claim unemployment benefits, it may be an option to start a program encouraging members to donate to a fund in order to help bridge the financial gap. Pros looking to pursue this option could consider using crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe to ask their membership for support during this time.

Stay Engaged with Members

Stay Engaged with Members

Staying in touch with your members during this period is a great way to support them and keep them engaged while continuing to provide value for membership. Many clubs have started online work-outs or skills challenges, and some are also providing daily podcasts. US Squash has aggregated some of these resources here. If you would like to advertise what you are doing, please let us know by sending an email to tournaments@ussquash.com. We would love to hear from you.

With state and federal governments enforcing stronger lockdown conditions and asking people to stay at home, the safest way to keep in touch with your community is through virtual engagement. Here are some of the best free software on the market, along with their benefits:

• Facebook and Instagram Live – Make use of the live function on Facebook to interact with your members. This is free and easy to use, but it is more difficult to have two-way communication.
• Zoom – This allows you to have group video calls, which makes it easier for two-way communication among multiple parties. It is easy to set up and use. The basic package is free, and there are options for additional features and benefits for purchase.
• Microsoft Teams – This allows you to have group video calls which makes it easier for two-way communication. However, there is a limit to the number of persons who can be viewed on-screen at one time. There is also a free version available.
While you may not be able to get on court, it is still possible to connect with your players through this technology. Keeping them connected will allow them to feel part of the community and help with their mental well-being by providing a degree of continuity in their lives. Some ways you can engage with your membership are:
• Host live workouts that your members can join. It can be difficult to get motivated when at home, but live workouts can help people feel like they’re in it together!
• Switch your junior sessions to virtual sessions. Bring juniors together online where they can chat with each other and do a live squash workout or challenges, or a match analysis session
• Hold a referee clinic to help reinforce rules

Socially Distanced Squash Drills

Squash pros in Cincinnati demonstrate squash drills that can be performed on a squash court while being 6ft apart. These would be included in phase 2 of the US Squash roadmap to full club play.

How clubs implement the recommended phases will be a local decision based on individual circumstances and local, state and federal guidelines.

 

 

 

Click on any icon to see the status of squash clubs and gyms in that state and district.
Green icons indicate that squash clubs are allowed to open. Note that while a club is open that does not necessarily mean that full competitive play is allowed. Please check with each club to see which stage of opening has been reached.

State by State Reopening Status
 

 

Stay home. Stay Active. Help flatten the nick. 

 

Squash Specific Training Sessions from Home

Squash Specific Training Sessions from Home:

Adrian Grant’s Live Virtual Squash Training

  • The goal is to virtually connect the global squash community, with Adrian and fellow world ranked pro friends. As we train and communicate together, our training sessions will be squash themed weekly. Giving everyone invaluable information as they discuss the squash theme live, and of course the pro’s will be bringing their training which everyone will be participating in your home.

 

Illinois Squash Virtual Training

  • Join local Chicago pros every Sunday in April for live virtual squash training.

 

The Millman Experience

  • Participate in Richard Millman’s squash movement and choreography training on YouTube

 

Msquash

 

Nicol Squash Virtual Academy

  • Our Virtual Academy is available to all junior players regardless of geographic location. Please note all sessions are LIVE yet also recorded. Therefore, if you miss a session you can make it up on your own schedule.

 

Nick Matthew

  • Follow Nick Matthew’s squash specific training series on instagram

 

Play Squash Academy

  • Follow Play Squash Academy on facebook to be part of live workout sessions. Will be live from Mclean racket and Health club FB page, PlaySquashAcademy FB page and IG playsquashAcademy.

 

PSA World Tour

  • #WorkoutWednesday series with PSA professionals on instagram

 

Squash on Fire Junior Virtual Training

  • SQUASH ON FIRE’S WORLD OF VIRTUAL SQUASHJust because you’re off the court doesn’t mean you’re off your game! We have a great line up of events designed to help you improve your game and make you smile! Join us every Wednesday & Saturday for our Virtual Training Sessions with Coach Ronny Vlassaks. These workouts feature squash specific drills that are guaranteed to boost your game. Thursdays we break a mental sweat during Zoom Trivia as we try to answer brain busters ranging from squash rules to general knowledge! We also offer Referee Training Classes, perfect for the players looking to complete their referee certification or those who want to learn more about making accurate calls in their own games. Finally, if you are looking for something a little more personalized, check out our Virtual Lessons! You and a coach will analyze footage of an existing squash match of yours and provide feedback to incorporate into your game. Visit www.squashonfire.com to learn more!

 

Squash Zone

  • Join Squash Zone’s Richard Elliott and Aisling Blake as they share squash specific videos and online training

 

S2 Squash Online Academy

  • Starting Wednesday we will be kicking off S2 Squash Online Academy! We will use ZOOM as our new online home and our meeting ID will always be 499-499-2222. Additionally you’ll need a code which will be delivered on our new Instagram page – s2squashonlineacademy. The page is closed, so you’ll need to request permission.to follow and get the codes and additional information.
Mindful Mental Support
Video Shows and Podcasts

Video Shows and Podcasts

Manhattan Community Squash Show

  • You may be able to take the squash out of West 39th street, but you can’t take the squash out of Manhattan Squash. It’s our obsession, and we’ll keep bringing you squash no matter what the world brings all of us. Welcome to our newest creation: The Manhattan Squash Show. Coming to you live every day at 12 noon.
Squash Skills Challenges

Squash Skills Challenges:

  • Daryl Selby’s #StayatHomeChallenge on Twitter
  • LB Squash 20 yard target challenge on Instagram
  • SquashEd’s 5-cone challenge on Instagram
  • Miguel’s Frame Challenge on Instagram
General Fitness Training

General Fitness Training

Life Fitness Digital Coach & Home Accessory Pack

  • ACCESS NEW ON‐DEMAND, AT‐HOME WORKOUTS EVERY DAY Staying home is a good choice during this time of uncertainty. But remaining active helps your physical and mental wellbeing. So, let Life Fitness help you bring your workouts home to you and your members. Life Fitness is making Workouts and exercisers as they await their return to your fitness centre
Facility and Player Guidelines
  • Why did you change your guidelines to recommend players wear masks on court?
    • There is mounting evidence that the COVID-19 is transmitted person to person through droplets and aerosols which are exhaled. The best way to mitigate risk in this case is to ensure there is airflow, to social distance and to wear masks. Masks are known to significantly reduce the amount of viral particles that are released into the air. Additionally, where distancing isn’t possible mask wearing becomes even more important.
    • It is also believed that the aerosols are denser the closer they are to the person who exhaled them and so if two people linger there is more possibility of transmittal. Aerosols are most concentrated near the infected person and become diluted in the air as they drift away.While it is only 2 people in 670 sq ft for singles, there is no doubt that players will often not be distanced and therefore be exposed to the aerosols when they play which increases the risk of infection. Where doubles is played, or multiple players are on court in a clinic or camp, for example, this risk increases.
    • To be as safe as we can, we now recommend that anyone on court should be wearing masks to protect each other, their families, and their communities. While there is no certainty that this will eradicate risk it will definitely reduce risk.
  • Isnt is dangerous for players to wear a mask on court?
    • The CDC cautions that people engaged in high intensity activities may not be able to wear a mask if it causes difficulty breathing. If unable to tolerate a mask people may not be able to return to play safely at this time. If you exhibit any unusual symptoms such as feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or developing shortness of breath you should stop immediately. Any player with an underlying cardiac or respiratory condition should discuss returning to play with their primary care provider. Any player who has anyone in the home with underlying health problems is cautioned against playing at this time.
  • What type of mask and eyewear should I wear?
    • In terms of masks, most cloth face coverings are acceptable. Masks with vents are not effective as they allow your exhaled air to be released which negates the reason for wearing a mask. Tight fitting or N95 masks are not recommended to be used during play due to the increased probability of breathing issues.
    • Eyewear for all is also recommended to reduce risk as it is possible for COVID to be contracted through eyes. Masks have the potential to fog glasses but it is possible to wear normal eyewear if you fit your mask correctly.
  • What part does ventilation play in reducing the transmission rate of COVID-19?
    • Air flow and exchange is very important to disperse, dilute and filter the aerosols produced on exhaling. Facilities are recommended to check their airflow and potentially upgrade their HVAC filter to MERV13 or more and open doors and windows if possible. Air exchange rates should be at least 2 per hour. Where necessary facilities should consider using portable HEPA filters with a CADR of 450+. This will allow for a full exchange of air on a court in 30 minutes.
Junior Policy and accredited play
  • Will US Squash still recognize juniors with the Scholar Athlete Award?
    • Yes, US Squash will still be recognizing players with the Scholar Athlete Award and has made minor adjustments to the award criteria to account for the Coronavirus impacts.The required number of approved US Squash singles tournaments has been reduced from four to three for this year’s Scholar Athlete Award. Additionally, due to the closure of many schools during the spring term of 2020 and the wide range of grading scales being used during this period of remote learning, US Squash will evaluate affected school transcripts on a case by case basis.For additional information on the Scholar Athlete award, please click here.
  • Will US Squash adjust any junior ranking policies to accommodate the suspension of play?
    • Yes, the implications to junior rankings by the suspension of junior accredited play is currently being evaluated. Any adjustments will be communicated prior the resumption of tournament competition. For the latest information please refer to the news article regarding the return to play here.
  • Will player rankings continue to be calculated during this time?
    • No, the rankings calculation will be suspended, and player rankings will reflect their position as at the March 11th ranking run. Players who age up after March 11th will therefore still be reflected in the younger age group until the resumption of play.
  • Is accredited adult play suspended?
    • Adult leagues are administered by local Districts and supported by US Squash, please check with your District for any changes to District league competition schedules. Whether to host and participate are decisions to be made by the facility and tournament director in conjunction with guidelines local and state governments.
  • When will US Squash accredited competitions resume?
    • All US Squash accredited competition has been canceled through August 2020. Plans for the restart of competitive play are currently being developed. Please check back at www.ussquash.com for the most current information.
  • Will I receive a refund for a tournament that was cancelled?
    • Yes, players who were signed up for a cancelled tournament will receive refunds for their entry fee. US Squash is working directly with tournament directors to issue the necessary refunds to players who were signed up for impacted tournaments. Refunds are issued on a rolling basis, depending on when an event was officially cancelled. Refunds are automatic, so no action is required on the part of players to action a refund.
  • Why do we not receive a full refund? It wasn’t my fault the tournament was canceled.
    • Refunds for all tournaments which were scheduled through the last weekend of June have been issued.
    • All refunds are less a non-refundable ~3% credit card processing fee. This fee remains with Stripe, our third-party payment processing platform and does not go to US Squash or to the Tournament Director.
    • Participants in tournaments which were scheduled for the weekends of March 13-15 and March 20-22 only received partial refunds. Due to the timing of the tournament cancellations, the tournament directors had pre-paid expenses and were under non-refundable contracts. In this unprecedented situation, the purpose for the partial refund was to assist the tournament director and spread the burden of these costs. While it may not seem fair to some as a player who had no control ultimately about this decision, neither did the tournament director. Safety for all in the end was our priority which we hope our players and their families will understand and appreciate. In the end, there is a cost to everything, and in our view tournament directors provide an incredibly valuable service to the community. At times like these, it is our hope that we can all play a role in supporting each other.
  • Will I receive a rankings penalty if I withdraw from a tournament after the entry deadline?
    • The late withdraw penalty was suspended effective March 3, 2020 and will remain suspended until further notice.
National Championships
  • Will I receive a refund for a National Championships if it is not rescheduled?
    • Yes, you will receive the full refund of your entry fee.  You will also receive the option to donate your entry fee to help offset losses US Squash will incur related to the impact of COVID-19. Participants will be contacted directly regarding refunds.
  • Will I still qualify for Nationals if it is rescheduled but I have aged up in the meantime?
    • Yes, all players who qualified for Nationals when it was originally scheduled will remain eligible if they are rescheduled to a later date regardless of whether they have aged up.
  • Can I still enter Nationals if it is rescheduled?
    • The entrants list at the time of suspension will be honored. If registration is re-opened any new players would be placed at the bottom of the waitlist.
  • Should I withdraw from Nationals now or should I wait to see if it is rescheduled?
    • Players should remain on the entrants list if they want to participate in a rescheduled Nationals. If Nationals are unable to be rescheduled players will be offered the opportunity to donate their entry fee or have a refund at that time.
  • I bought a ticket for the Awards dinner. Will I receive a refund?
    • Yes all dinner ticket holders have received a full refund.
  • Do I need to request a withdrawal or will this be processed by US Squash
    • No action is required by any player registered for a tournament. All refunds and withdrawals will be processed automatically.
National Team
  • Will the Pan American Junior Championships and the World Junior Championships events be played this summer?
    • The 2020 World Junior Squash Championships, which was set to take place in Australia, has been cancelled and the 2020 Pan American Junior Championships, which was set to take place in El Salvador, has been postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Will US Squash announce the players who were selected for the Junior National Teams to represent the United States at the Pan American Junior Championships and the World Juniors?
    • Although both the Pan American Junior Championships and the World Junior Championships have been cancelled for this summer, US Squash and the National Team selection committee believe it is important to announce the players who have been selected for these teams to recognize and acknowledge their achievements over the course of the season. The players who were selected for the Junior National Teams this summer will be announced in the coming weeks.
Restarting Play
  • When will clubs open up for play?
    • Clubs will start to open subject to the guidelines of local, state and federal governments. You should consult their websites for more information. Additionally, when clubs are opened you should check to see what types of play are allowed.
  • Will I be able to play competitively when clubs open?
    • Each club will have their own guidelines for the restart of play but you should expect to be limited to solo play initially or play with household members.
  • Do I need to wear a mask when I play?
    • You should refer to club guidelines for their protocols with respect to playing but expect to wear a mask off court. You may need a mask or face shield on court.
  • What safety measures will be in place when clubs open?
    • Each club will do their best to ensure the safety of their members by adding extra sanitisation procedures and social distancing protocols. Please refer to you clubs protocols for how this affects your club

Email any further questions to tournaments@ussquash.com.